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All Access: Part 1

By Chris Cooper

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Improved prosthetic technology and user-driven innovation are opening new avenues for adaptive athletes who refuse to accept limitations.

On Dec. 22, 2013, vigilant U.S. Transportation Security Administration agents pulled Kendra Bailey out of a screening line.

Bailey’s carryon contained a length of hollow pipe, a short chain, a leather strap and various connectors because she was hoping to do power cleans while visiting a gym on the West Coast. Bailey is… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, CrossFit, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

January 25, 2014

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Steve Longan was worn out on working out, so he started running with the other guys at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau. But running wasn’t fun for him.

Then a friend told him about CrossFit. Eager to learn more, Longan suddenly found himself up against local athletes Kristan Clever, Katie Hogan and Becca Voigt.

“I didn’t want to say I got beat by a bunch of girls, but I didn’t get beat—I got buried by… Continue Reading

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Most CrossFit athletes know the cramping, burning ache in the forearms caused by Fran, but few have pushed through that to fire a gun at a target.

At a Nov. 16 competition in Florida, three-time CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning did exactly that as part of a five-event challenge involving fitness and firearms.

“I’m comfortable with guns. Doesn’t mean I’m accurate with guns,” Froning says.

The champ competed against a field that… Continue Reading

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After Their Last Battle

By Emily Beers

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November 10, 2013

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On Nov. 11, nations around the world take a moment of silence to honor the sacrifices of those who served. Emily Beers talks to three men who fought for their countries.

For veteran Richard Sanders, the Nov. 11 moment of silence is “a double-edged sword.”

“It’s good to know that we’re honoring their lives, raising awareness,” he said of fallen soldiers and current members of the military.

But on the flip side, there is… Continue Reading

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Wives of CrossFit SolaFide

By Andréa Maria Cecil

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November 10, 2013

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Nicole Spitzack started CrossFit when her husband was deployed to Afghanistan. When she invited friends—also military wives—she created an irreplaceable support system. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

In 2005, the U.S. Army deployed Cole Spitzack to Afghanistan for 12 months.

“That’s a long time,” he said. “I missed the whole first year of my daughter’s life.”

That kind of time is hard on a marriage, too. The Army recognizes that fact, offering soldiers and their loved ones… Continue Reading

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In LEO/Mil, Rest Day/Theory

November 01, 2013

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After getting caught with a suitcase of cocaine in November 2011, Karl Thorson was sentenced to 30 months in prison. From a penitentiary in California, he talks about finding fitness behind bars.

“When released offenders feel isolated from the community and blocked from society’s opportunities and freedoms, they are more likely to return to a life of crime,” Rebecca Greenberg wrote in the sociology journal Verstehen.

In Karl Thorson’s… Continue Reading

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In LEO/Mil, Rest Day/Theory

October 22, 2013

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Canadian Karl Thorson currently resides in a California penitentiary. Emily Beers explains how he got there.

The story of the convict has been told many times before.

Usually it’s recounted after the fact, once the former prisoner has proven to the world that he’s abandoned his old shady life and reformed himself.

This isn’t quite that story. This is the story of a man who is still in prison… Continue Reading

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Battle on the Home Front

By Emily Beers

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September 25, 2013

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Identical names lead one Emily Beers to befriend another and learn a soldier’s story of rape in the military.

Emily Beers joined the U.S. military at 17. Being a soldier was what she had wanted to do since watching the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks while she was a sophomore in high school in Pennsylvania. Two weeks after she graduated, she ran off to boot camp to start her dream career.

She readily accepted the challenges the… Continue Reading

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